The University of North Carolina at Pembroke led all North Carolina public universities in the number of classes with fewer than 20 students, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2006 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” released August 22.
In another popular college rating poll, UNCP finished among the top 140 universities in the Southeastern U.S., according to The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review selects colleges that “stand out” based on nationwide student surveys.
Chancellor Allen C. Meadors said college ratings are just one of many indicators that can serve as a reference in evaluating higher education institutions.
“UNC Pembroke is very pleased to continue to rank among the nation’s finest universities in U.S. News,” said Chancellor Meadors. “Ratings should only be used as a starting point in evaluating an institution. It is important that a prospective student visit the institution and make their decisions from what they see, when possible. We are pleased with our high rankings in several categories and feel that these rankings reflect the University.”
UNCP scored well in several key categories in U.S. News’ annual survey.
For graduates with the least debt, UNCP was second among North Carolina public universities and 20th in the South among all master’s degree granting universities. Sixty-six percent of UNCP graduates had some student debt, averaging $12,844 per student.
For campus diversity, UNCP moved up one place and ranked number one in North Carolina and the South. Approximately 20 percent of UNCP’s student body is American Indian and 21 percent African American.
For classes under 20 students, UNCP ranked in the top 65 among all Southern universities. Forty-eight percent of UNCP’s classes have fewer than 20 students.
For number of international students, UNCP is tied for third among public universities in North Carolina and in the top 100 among all Southern universities.
In the new category of economic diversity of student body, UNCP ranked 3rd among North Carolina universities and 19th in the South. This is a new indicator in the 2006 survey that measures the income of student’s families.
“America’s Best Colleges” is the leading student guide to U.S. universities. In overall ranking, UNCP is recognized as a third tier university, ranking between 65th and 99th in the South for master’s degree granting universities. Indicators such as student/faculty ratio, graduation rates and selectivity of admissions are used to score colleges and universities.
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